From 2026, Salzgitter AG is to supply all European plants of the BMW Group with low CO2 steel. The companies have now concluded an agreement on series supply from the low-CO2 process route. Steel that will in future not be produced with fossil raw materials such as coal, but on the basis of hydrogen and green electricity, and which will therefore cause over 95% less CO2 emissions, makes a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions in the BMW Group's supplier network. This makes the BMW Group, whose press shops in Europe process more than half a million tons of steel per year, the first automobile manufacturer in the world to have signed such an agreement.With this move, the BMW Group is expanding its sourcing of low-carbon steel to two suppliers. The aim is to use low-carbon steel to meet over 40% of demand at its European plants by 2030, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by up to 400,000 tonnes per year.Salzgitter AG will offer its customers from the automotive, energy, industrial and household applications and the construction sector CO2-deliver low-impact, high-quality material solutions ready for series production from 2026. On the basis of the established electrified steel route in the Peine plant, the transformation to green steel is already being prepared for the individual customer in terms of process and series maturity.In order to massively reduce CO2 emissions in steel production, Salzgitter AG is gradually phasing out steel production as part of the transformation program SALCOS, SAlzgitter Low CO Steelmakings, witch to a hydrogen-based route. In contrast to previous processes with blast furnaces, hydrogen and green electricity replace the carbon previously required for steel production. Salzgitter AG plans to use this process to gradually reduce CO2 emissions in steel production to just five percent of the original emissions. The BMW Group and Salzgitter AG set up a closed material cycle for reusable steel from the BMW Group plant in Leipzig more than five years ago. After the plant has been supplied with steel coils, on the way back Salzgitter AG takes the steel to be recycled, such as that produced in the press shops when doors are punched out, and uses it for the production of new steel. We are now expanding this cooperation.